Cities as Communicative Change Agents
Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler
11. City Living: The Significance of Critical Pedagogy for Urban Communication: ERIN DAINA MCCLELLAN, BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY, U.S. & CHRISTINA L. IVEY, BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY, U.S.
11. City Living: The Significance of Critical Pedagogy for Urban Communication
ERIN DAINA MCCLELLAN & CHRISTINA L. IVEY
This chapter focuses on how to (re)consider teaching as a place and space for change. Specifically, we focus on the benefits of taking a critical approach to pedagogy in an urban communication classroom such that we call for (re)defining the traditional linear relationship between instructor and student; expanding the notion of classroom beyond a room with chairs and desks; and creating space for individual reflections to interact with one another as a way to invite change in the way we think, create, problem solve, and innovate. These reflections may also act as a juxtaposition to each other, generating room to discuss how multiple identities interact within the same physical space. We use a case study called the “Murmur Project” to demonstrate these possibilities in attempt to inspire others to take such approaches in their own classrooms as well.
Keywords: critical pedagogy, urban communication, Murmur Project, rhetoric & performance
Cities are known as enclaves of successful and educated populaces that live and work alongside some of the poorest and most underprivileged amongst us. This dynamic has been increasingly noticeable as the wage gap grows, the middle-class declines, and the “one percent” continually amass more of the world’s wealth. It is thus no surprise that the role of education in empowering the disadvantaged, inspiring future change agents, and facilitating...
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